Callaway XR16 Driver Review

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  • At a glance

  • TG Rating 5 out of 5
  • Owner Rating Not yet rated
  • RRP £289.00

What we say...


Forgiveness meets fast technology. Callaway have worked with experts at Boeing to create a high-speed head design with low drag to help you increase club and ball speeds. Callaway say a next generation R-Moto face and bigger footprint head increase MOI from every impact location. 

Our verdict:

You might think because Callaway are so proud of their new Epic drivers the XR would be discontinued for 2017. But brands like covering all angles, and an extremely attractive sub £300 driver like the XR 16 that won two majors last year realistically appeals to a lots of golfers. The XR’s head looks longer from front to back than from toe to heel and it’s this streamlined stretched shape that lends itself so well to aerodynamics and forgiveness. The XR put in a strong performance in Top Gear 2016 and it did exactly the same for 2017, which has to say it’s a decent option for reasonable money. It doesn’t have jailbreak tech or a carbon crown like Callaway’s Epic series and some will say the simple crown graphics are less distracting (than the Epic), either way they focus attention on the ball superbly at address.  

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Bottom line:

Aerodynamics play an ever increasing role in driver design and our testing’s shown the tech is just as effective at higher swing speeds as it is at slower tempos. For us matching extra speed with forgiveness is the key to the XR 16’s strong across the board performance, the attractive price just increases its appeal.

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Product Information


Lofts: 9deg / 10.5deg / 13.5deg

Stock shaft: Fujkura Speeder Evolution 565

Adjustable hosel: Yes

How much loft change: -1/+2 deg

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